The Difference a Year Makes
By Dr. Ryan Donlan
Department of Educational Leadership
Bayh College of Education
Indiana State University
I don’t often “journal” enough, keeping track of how I’m spending my time and what it means to me. As evidence, I started jotting down a few things
last spring, left things on the
shelf for a while as “life happened,” then low and behold, I picked things up today.
A lot has changed – The difference a year makes!
Serving as a
Charter School Leader new faculty
member in a department of educational leadership
is an awesome responsibility. The
privilege of understanding the diversity in both my
staff and student audience better knowing
myself and how privilege in a
socio-cultural sense may have affected my development in ways I have yet to
understand, while working to enhance the
quality of life for those whom I’m privileged to know, is humbling, to say the
informed by the best of scholarship scholar
informed by the best practitionership,
I’m proud to say that I often champion the cause of
at-risk students research and write in
areas of school reimagination and charter schools, school wellness & The
Process Communication Model® (PCM),
and leadergogy, with an expressed desire that more
and more students are
ready to assume positions of college enrollment
school leadership and lifelong
Evenings also bring their reward, as I
adjunct at two
Universities, spend time with my wife
and children between evening classes, allowing me to transcend my daily
role as a teacher of teachers and mentor of students teacher of leaders
and student of the profession.
It’s almost springtime, and with it comes a bit of time to
neighbors once again after all the snowfall reflect
on what a winter actually “is” in my new home, while readying the flowers and vegetables for planting
after Memorial Day Easter.
I’m very thankful to be doing what I’m doing and leading the life I lead. I’m very blessed, indeed.
Going from school leader to faculty member this past year has been quite a transition … a monumental shift.
I’ll bet, however, as a K-12 school leader maintaining your current role – yet journeying from this school year into the next – you will experience change dwarfing that mentioned above.
As our educational arena is changing, we are so very fortunate to have entrusted our K-12 schools to you.
The difference a year makes.
Dr. Ryan Donlan can be reached at (812) 237-8624. Please feel to write him with thoughts and commentary at anytime. Slainte!